Title: Endless Numbers 123
Developer: Originator Inc.
Age Group: 3 – 5 years
Hours played by my kids: 5+
Available on: ipad (review), iphone, andriod
Endless Numbers is a beautifully designed game that brings numbers to life using funky animations and super funny voice overs (wait till you hear what happens when you “catch” a Plus sign!). The game is a great first step to learning about numbers. Recognizing numbers and hearing how they sound (in English). The game integrates some additional logic like number sequences, quantities and numerical patterns.
The game focuses on first 100 numbers whereas each number features unique interactive sequence and equation puzzle with numbers that come alive screaming and shouting! There is also a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number. Kids will find this approach amusing and memorable, this way imprinting the numbers for the first time into their little brains.
Endless Numbers is not a game where you are asked to achieve a goal, there are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace and I see that Jan was honestly enjoying the experience without the need to finish it asap. He goes into the app only occasionally and has still not reached the number 100 after several sessions. He doesn’t seem to care about the end goal, which is great! The bast way to understand this is to watch the attached video below.
Developers claim that funny animations reinforce number recognition, quantity, and counting. They also say that interactive number puzzles reinforce basic numeracy skills. I would question that aspect of the app. It feels like there are missed opportunities here. I would agree that the approach is solid in relation to number recognition due to animations and voice overs, but I am under impression that counting and other claims are underdeveloped, almost not noticeable. If that was the goal, to have it happening in the background, then OK. Endless Numbers are a great FIRST Numbers game you will give to you Kid. A good starting point, that’s all.
Why so Expensive?
Endless Price tag? I would recommend this game to any parent was it not for the very high price tag attached to unlock all 100 numbers. You can try out the game as the first 5 numbers are free, but that is just a TRAP, since you can imagine your kid will get excited about it and will ask for more. The price for the first 25 numbers is already a hefty 7 bucks and that will be short-lived so the only viable purchase is actually a complete set costing 14.99 dollars, which is insane considering the value of the game and limited replay-ability.
The only reason I went ahead and purchased it was due to Jan’s crazy interest in Numbers. So unless the price goes down I would recommend this app only to those Kids that simply love the numbers and you are (already) lacking fresh ideas.
Jan’s comment on the game (age 4):
I have to catch the numbers and they speak so funny. I love the sounds. Numbers are so much fun.
Endless Numbers & Monsters - $15
How good is it technically? - 9.6/10
Value for Money - 4/10
How deep is the rabbithole? - 7/10
How long kids love it? - 8.8/10
Can my kid to play it on his own? - 10/10
How much kids can learn from it? - 8.6/10
My thoughts on the game
Endless Numbers is a beautifully designed game that brings numbers to life using funky animations and super funny voice overs. It’s not a game where you are asked to achieve a goal, there are no high scores, failures, limits or stress and that is a good thing for small kids.
I would recommend this game to any parent was it not for the very high price tag attached to unlock all 100 numbers. You can try out the game as the first 5 numbers are free, but that is just a TRAP. The price for the first 25 numbers is already a hefty 6.99 dollars and that will be short-lived so the only viable purchase is actually a complete set costing 14.99 dollars, which is insane compared to similar games out there!
If you don’t mind the price then go ahead, kids love this game. The sound effects and the memorable visual cues do leave an impact and hopefully the initial contact with the numbers will be a fun one for your Kid as well as it was for mine.
- Great Sound effects and number pronunciation
- Easy to learn and no need to explain
- Fun to enjoy for quite a while
- Crazy price tag (relative to other apps)
- Underdeveloped aspects like Counting